The Rare & Old expression is an exceptional example of the Mortlach style. The whisky was aged in a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and Fauna release might know Mortlach as a bit of a Sherry monster, but this new bottling brings to light a complex, warming and spicy side of Mortlach's personality.
Stewed and dried fruits mingle with light earth notes. A drop of water is all that’s needed to add a savory element and even some funky fruitiness reminiscent of cooking agave. The palate is big and chocolaty with some meat underneath. Hefty but elegant. The distillery character is not only intact, but enhanced.
The Rare Old is bottled at 43.4% ABV
Color: Golden amber
Aroma/ Nose: bold, highly perfumed and packed with immediate toffee, fudge, wood spice and dark dried fruit aromas - cinnamon and raisins. Underneath is a lovely aroma of stewed apples and toasted almonds along with hints of apricot jam, cocoa powder and something savoury and slightly earthy.
Mouthfeel: a wonderful velvety viscous feel
Taste/ Palate: sweet, fruity notes with more savoury and spicy ones. Initial flavors include cooked pears and apples, vanilla, toffee and milk chocolate, followed by raisins and dried apricots along with an increasing woody spiciness which begins to dry the palate out. Also hints of earthy mushrooms or damp autumn leaves. Undertones of burnt orange and ginger add even more depth.
Finish: long, rich and warming as the sweetness fades to leave a pleasant drying and slightly peppery spiciness.
RATED 90 POINTS BY WHISKY ADVOCATE MAGAZINE